My 8th graders also had the privilege of seeing a demonstration from local artist Greg Johannesen. We were given a $500 grant from the Arts Council of Calvert County to fund his visit. Mr. Johannesen works primarily in pastels and in "plein air" (outside). He discussed his career with students and gave them a detailed description of how he produces his own artwork and how he developed his style over time. We are fortunate enough to have 3 of his original pieces from the demonstration to display in our classroom as students begin their own process of working with pastels. We are also going to focus on landscapes that interest the students. They will be bringing in photos of vacations, local scenery, or anything else outdoors that inspires them. My hope is that by exposing students to multiple media and instruction, they will find at least something that they love to do in the field of art. You can see Mr. Johannesen's work here. Below are some of the photos from his visit.